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The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways - for example, physical self-loathing that takes the form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult's interaction with his or her own children. These dilemmas are both common and correctable, Elan Golomb tells us.
With an empathic blend of scholarship and case studies, along with her own personal narrative of her fight for self, Dr. Golomb plumbs the depths of this problem, revealing its mysterious hold on the affairs of otherwise bright, aware, motivated, and worthy people.
Trapped in the Mirror explores:

The nature of the paralysis and lack of motivation so many adults feel
Stress and its role in exacerbating childhood wrongs
Why so many of our relationships seem to be reruns of the past
How anger must be acknowledged to be overcome
And, most important, how even the most traumatized self can be healed

©1992 Elan Colomb, PhD (P)2016 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Caligirl on 08-25-17


I've read several books on this topic but this one was not as helpful as I'd hoped. The author makes some great points but they are hidden in long meandering narratives. The book is full of weird stories and examples that I don't think most people can relate to. The Narcissistic Family is a better book on this topic. Dont let the fact that it says its written for clinicians scare you away, it's very accessible for those of us interested in learning more about our families of origin and their dysfunction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-27-17

Great resource

Initially the narration took some getting used to... But once I was into the rhythm of the narrator, the content delivered was useful in many ways. There are certain instances where I did not agree with some of the generalizations made by the author, but there was also a balance of self awareness In the writer's approach, expressed as both experienced and fallible. The book includes Many hard stories from hard childhoods, and a comprehensive takeaway on how to approach recovering from narcissistic abuse. I recommend this book for anyone trying to break loose from dysfunctional relationships of any kind, and to those seeking external resources and insights into this world of narcissism and the tools to escape from a distorted reality.

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